Margin

a turbulent river

meanders ever towards

the delta of death

trying to forget

all the rocks of reasons

with which it scoured the world

 

in its blind surety

always too busy to think

think, things through

its clever and cunning

brings only cataracts

and sudden sink holes

 

always glossing over

dependent upon

immediacy and desire.

it sees not the margin

at the edge of the page

where the truth is written

 

hens in a coop

they coo, chatter and cluck

as the spirit

silently passes them by;

no knock on the door

which they might hear

 

pecking in the mud

always for more corn

and the winter’s eggs

lie unsullied in the hay

and soon, there is nothing

for them to brood upon

 

in the tranquil margin

the water reeds bow

as the spirit plays his flute

softly amongst them

and the warm wind fades

into the cold of night

 

there in the margin

the ghost, the sprite

an ephemera, even a man

waits for an aeon

for a sensitivity which

never, ever comes

 

a turbulent river

meanders ever towards

the delta of death

trying to forget

all the rocks of reasons

with which it scoured the world

 

Behind Closed Doors

Strategies,

Whispers,

Plans,

Gossip

 

Five streams

Closed doors

Hands over mouth

Plotting

 

In the crying

Scrying-glass

Nothing changes

Says the seer

 

Intrigue

Power

Dominion

Face

 

Bolts

A stable door

Tardy

Late

 

Not even

Clever Jim

Can fix-it

This time

 

In the crying

Scrying-glass

Nothing changes

Says the seer

 

Always clever

and

Never

Wise

 

Cunning Quotes

Cunning… is but the low mimic of wisdom.

Plato

 

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.

Francis Bacon

 

Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.

Thomas Carlyle

 

Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.

Alexander Pope

 

Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.

Aldous Huxley

 

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

William Blake

 

The greatest cunning is to have none at all.

Carl Sandburg

 

Man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart?

Pablo Casals

 

None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much.

Lydia M. Child

 

This is the great fault of wine; it first trips up the feet: it is a cunning wrestler.

Plautus